Poll shows 65 percent of New Jersey voters would not back Gov. Chris Christie for president. Still, his job-approval rating is 'not bad' for a GOP governor of a blue state.
Plenty of Republicans running for office in the next election cycle would no doubt be delighted to have New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie campaign with them on their home turf. Some even talk of seeing his name somewhere on the GOP presidential ticket in 2012.
But a poll released Tuesday finds that almost two-thirds of New Jersey voters would not vote for their tough-talking, budget-slashing governor for president, compared with just 25 percent who would. He doesn’t get many Garden State votes for vice president, either.
Still Governor Christie's job performance within the state shows him having “a good first year,” says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University poll, which released the new survey. According to the poll, Mr. Christie finishes the year with a 46 percent positive job approval rating. While that may not sound all that good, Mr. Carroll points out: “a conservative Republican in a blue state – that’s not bad.”
Christie, who was elected in November 2009, took over the reins of a state with a gaping budget deficit and residents who are fuming over their whopping property taxes – the highest in the nation. One place he has tried to cut state and local spending is on education, a challenge in a state that ranks very high in national assessment tests.